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NOTE: Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, travel for this group will begin again in 2022.

This group is for African Americans who are 50+, live in the DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) area, and love to travel. Planned trips will be extended weekend getaways. Hotels selected will typically be 4 to 5 star hotels and flights selected will be through BWI airport. Members are free to make travel arrangements through any travel agency or online travel service of their choice. Trips for 2022 and 2023 include Miami Beach; East Rutherford, New Jersey to visit the American Dream Meadowlands retail and entertainment complex; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Universal Orlando; Palm Beach, Aruba; and Hollywood. Past trips include South Beach; Atlanta; Honolulu; Las Vegas; New York City; Houston; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Cancun, Mexico; Minneapolis; San Diego; and Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica. All members must have a personal photo on their profile at all times so everyone can put a face to a name.

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FYI - Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Hippodrome Theatre at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Note: The Hippodrome has rescheduled the February 2021 performance dates for one year later - February 2022. This is not an official meetup, just an FYI for those interested in musicals.

Synopsis:
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed.

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical takes us through Donna Summer’s tumultuous life, tempestuous loves and mega-watt musical hits. Spend the night in her electrifying universe. The musical shows Donna Summer at three times of her life. Duckling Donna is in her pre-teens, starting out in Boston; Disco Donna, in her late teens and 20s, has her initial success; Diva Donna is in her 50s and at the top of her career.

Parking:
Parking is available at the Baltimore Grand Garage, 5 N. Paca St Baltimore. Once parked, take the Fayette Street side elevators directly in to the Hippodrome lobbies without setting foot outside.

Hippodrome Theatre Website: http://www.france-merrickpac.com/

Official Show Website: https://thedonnasummermusical.com/

Miami Beach 2022

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

A stay at the luxurious Fontainebleau Miami Beach property.

Trip Dates: 4/27/22 - 5/1/22

Situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire's Row, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach, Florida. Its iconic design is a spectacular blend of Miami’s glamorous golden era and stylish modern luxury. A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, Morris Lapidus’ emblematic curvilinear building sets a new standard for business and pleasure. The 22-acre oceanfront Miami Beach hotel features signature restaurants by award-winning chefs; two chic nightlife venues; a two-story spa, a virtually endless poolscape, miles of pristine beach and state-of-the-art conference and event facilities.

Hotel Website:
https://fontainebleau.com/

Pricing Estimate for November 2019 (Per Expedia as of 5/6/19):
Flight + Hotel + Roundtrip Xfer Airport/Hotel
SRO = $1,380
DBL = $1,000
I would plan on at least this much for April 2022.

Notes:
The Fontainebleau requires a deposit of $150 per night at check-in for incidental room charges and has a resort fee of $36.48 per night for beach loungers, fitness center access, internet access, newspaper, and phone calls.

Roommate matching will not be offered. Members who desire a roommate for double occupancy, please reach out to friends or family to discuss rooming together for the trip.

American Dream Meadowlands 2022

American Dream

Ready to visit to another megamall??

50+ Black Travel visited Mall of America during the Minneapolis 2018 trip and now American Dream Meadowlands is open in nearby New Jersey.

American Dream is a retail and entertainment complex in Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The first and second of four opening states occurred on October 25, 2019 and December 5, 2019. The remaining opening states occurred on October 1, 2020 and afterwards. American Dream consists of 70 percent entertainment facilities and 30 percent retail locations. The 3.3 million-square-foot center features a theme park, ice rink, water park, and indoor ski center in addition to over 450 shops.

Website: https://www.americandream.com

Transportation Options:

Driving
Train
Bus

Hotel Options - There are plenty of nearby hotels within 6 miles or less from American Dream to choose from including, but not limited to:

Dharma Home Suites Hoboken at Novia (entire apartment) – may be my first choice as I plan to bring guests)
Courtyard by Marriot
Ink 48 Hotel
citizenM New York Times Square
Hotel Riu Plaza New York Times Square
Dream Midtown

San Juan - Puerto Rico 2023

Caribe Hilton

Website:
https://www.caribehilton.com

March 22, 2023 - March 26, 2023

More details to follow at a later date.

Pricing Estimate for October 2021 (Per Southwest):
Flight + Hotel + Xfer Airport/Hotel (DBL) = $1,293
Flight + Hotel + Xfer Airport/Hotel (SRO) = $2,023
I would plan on at least this much for 2023

Note: Roommate matching will not be offered. Members who desire a roommate for double occupancy, please reach out to friends or family to discuss rooming together for the trip.

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Online Happy Hour

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